Monday, November 9, 2009

Tile info and an Award

I feel as if I haven't been around with any good tips lately. The truth is I just wasn't feeling very creative. I think I used it all up on my last two design projects. My inspiration came this morning though, when a friend called with a question about tile and the difference between ceramic and porcelain tile. It seems her hubby got inspired to rip up the bathroom this weekend and now she needs to pick paint and tile.
It occurred to me that some of you might be wondering the same thing so here a bit of information to help.
Tile can add a sense of elegance to any room. Ceramic tiles are made up of clay and quartz ferrous sand material and water. Once the tiles are formed they are fired to high temperatures and in some cases their surfaces are glazed. The only difference between Porcelain tile and regular ceramic tile is that the clay used in porcelain tile is more highly refined and purified and often times they are fired longer and at higher temperatures. This causes the porcelain tiles to be denser and stronger than a ceramic tile.
Porcelain tiles are more rugged making them ideal for high traffic applications. Also, because of their higher density, porcelain tiles are less likely to absorb moisture (0.5%) which makes them more durable and more resistant to staining. Porcelain tiles are often found in outdoor areas and in cold weather climates where freezing can occur. With their low absorption capability they are less likely to crack in cold weather climates. The tiles today have so many new and exciting patterns and designs to choose from, that your tiled areas can become the decoration in a room. Weather it is your backsplash, countertop, or flooring, there is so much to get creative with in the way of tile. Be daring and have fun with it.
So there you have it. Hope this helps you in making your decision about tiling.

On a different note, I have been the recipient of a few blog awards. I will share about one now, and more in another post.
The over the top award from my friend Elizabeth over at inside me She has a great blog and she is a very talented scrap booker and wonderful lady in general!!
In recognition of this award I now must answer a list of questions with only 1 word replies for each...
1. Where is your cell phone? Desk
2. Your hair? Thick
3. Your mother? Tennessee.
4. Your father? Home.
5. Your favorite food? Chocolate.
6. Your dream last night? Odd
7. Your favorite drink? Coffee.
8. Your dream/goal? Christlikeness.
9. What room are you in? Family.
10. Your hobby? Decorating.
11. Your fear? Spiders.
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Debtfree.
13. Where were you last night? Home.
14. Something that you aren't? boring.
15. Muffins? poppyseed.
16. Wish list item? Italy
17. Where did you grow up? Washington.
18. Last thing you did? read.
19. What are you wearing? Jeans.
20. Your TV? on
21. Your Pets? Cute.
22. Friends? Lifeline
23. Your life? Blessed.
24. Your mood? content
25. Missing Someone? Daughter
26. vehicle? Mercedes.
27. Something you're not wearing? Shoes
28. Your favorite store? Silver Sage
29. Your favorite color? blue.
30. When was the last time you laughed? Today.
31. Last time you cried? Sunday
32. Your best friend? Jay.
33. One place that I go to over and over? Starbucks.
34. Facebook? yes
35. Favorite place to eat? Home
Thanks for the award Elizabeth right back at you!! :) I am now supposed to bestow the award to other bloggers but I just can't pick. You are all very special and are all Over the top to me in so many ways. So consider your self awarded and have a blessed day!!


  1. Congrats on the award AND on winning the November Praise and Coffee!!! Drop me an email with your home address and I'll send out your goodies!!

    Chocolate and coffee...we could be best friends!

  2. Really cute blog! Congrats on the award from Praise and Coffee!!

  3. Hey Debbie, thanks so much for your continued friendship around the blog neighborhood. I always look forward to your comments, and thank you so much for your encouragement! Thanks so much!


  4. Yea for your award! Thanks for stopping by. Isn't it true, too, that if ceramic tiles crack there is reddish clay in the middle, whereas, porcelain doesn't... I thought that was so, but what do I know?

  5. Many congrats on your lovely award, sweet soul. I received this from a friend recently, too, and had a blast filling it out. I enjoyed the challenge of just having a single word to use for my answers, did you?

    Thank you dearly for your deeply fantastic comments and kindness, Debbie! I hope you're having an awesome week!
    ♥ Jessica

  6. I think any time I have a home question I'm coming to you! How much do you charge? :)

    Hope your Friday is blessed!